Tuesday, April 14, 2009


300 Spartan warriors, and their allies, stood at Thermopylae for three hot days in 480 B.C. holding off a massive Persian Army, fighting to the death to buy time for the rest of Greece. They were most certainly oath keepers! The epitaph on their monument reads: "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
that here obedient to their laws we lie."


We're not asking you to stand for three exhausting days of brutal close combat, forming a wall of shields and spears upon which the Persian hoards smash like bloody waves, in a fight to the death to keep your oath. We're only asking you to stand for three hours on a quiet April Sunday afternoon on the Lexington Green in memory of the men who stood their ground so long ago and fired the shot heard round the world.

We have created 300 special "Oath Keeper" tabs, and 300 special Oath Keeper T - Shirts for this very special day, April 19, 2009, when we will stand on that venerable spot in Lexington Massachusetts. Only those who stand with us on Lexington Green may purchase these tabs and shirts - no exceptions! Below is the proof for the shirts.

Of course, if more than 300 of you show up, we will take orders for more shirts and tabs for you, but only those who stand with us on the Green may order them. Again, no exceptions! We are not in this to make money - we are in this to make Oath Keepers extraordinaire.

We expect the price for the shirts to be between $20.00 and $25.00. And approximately $6.00 for the tabs. Because of the short time-frame and limited run, they are a bit more expensive than we would have preferred, but they are top quality and made to last. All proceeds go to support the Oath Keepers mission. We will also have approximately 100 of the "Guardian of the Republic" patches for sale (that is all the manufacturer could do on short notice), also for $6.00 each, and can take orders for more. We expect the price for future shirts, tabs, and patches to be considerably lower, but they will not be like these - these are special.

We don't have pictures of the tabs, but just as with the shirts, the tabs will have "Lexington Green, April 19, 2009" embroidered on them below "OATH KEEPER."

Now gentlemen, you just know that at all future Oath Keepers gatherings, from now until the day you die, there will be some who will proudly wear that special tab denoting them as an "Oath Keeper, Lexington Green, April 19, 2009," .... and then there will be the rest of you. While it may not be fair, you just know that those who wear that tab will be looked upon as being special (and they will never miss an opportunity to remind you of just how special they are, especially after a few beers when they point to their tab and ask you "where were you"). That's just the way it goes. So, make sure that you are among them, and avoid kicking yourself later with woulda, shoulda, coulda.

Get there! Be there! It's on a Sunday. You can do it! If you don't, you will regret it.

"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." Captain Parker


The quote on the shirts from President John Adams is from a letter, dated October 11, 1798, in response to an address from Lexington sent to President Adams from the officers of a Massachusetts militia unit that had just renewed their oaths on Lexington Green. That's right. Those good men, in 1798, did precisely what we are about to do and thus our upcoming oath ceremony on Lexington Green this April 19, 2009 has an amazing historic precedence.

In 1798 men who had sworn the same oath we swore understood how special and meaningful it was for them to renew their oaths to defend the Constitution on Lexington Green. They did so during a time of crisis in their day - the quasi war with France. We are now about to do the same - to renew our oaths to defend the Constitution - during a time of crisis for our nation.

And like them, we will be sending a proclamation regarding our oath renewal to government officials.

Here is the full text of the letter from President Adams, from which the quote is drawn:


Accessed athttp://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=2107&layout=html.

11 October, 1798.


I have received from Major-General Hull and Brigadier-General Walker your unanimous address from Lexington, animated with a martial spirit, and expressed with a military dignity becoming your character and the memorable plains on which it was adopted.

While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candor, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world; because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

An address from the officers commanding two thousand eight hundred men, consisting of such substantial citizens as are able and willing at their own expense completely to arm and clothe themselves in handsome uniforms, does honor to that division of the militia which has done so much honor to its country.

Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken and so solemnly repeated on that venerable spot, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government. (emphasis added).

John Adams.

That final paragraph is what will be on the back of our shirts commemorating our oath ceremony on Lexington Green.This is going to be an historic event, steeped in history, following in the honored footsteps of our forefathers in so many ways, and making a statement fitting for our own day of our duty, honor, and fidelity to our country.

Stewart Rhodes


Dave Freeman said...

Beverly, and her assistant - Tina, did an OUTSTANDING JOB on such short notice; I'm very impressed. We can't thank them enough, A lot of hard work went into these T-shirts and patches; congratulations to everyone involved [especially our Founder - Stewart Rhodes and our video man/benefactor - Jim Ayala, who rode to the rescue in helping us get these wares on the plane this Friday!] Now, it's on the Lexington Green for the big event on Sunday, April 19, 2009! Hope to see you all there.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps someone could forward the company name, etc. that made up the patches for those of us gathering in Gonzales Texas?

km said...

Very handsome design..Something Capt. John Parker would most certainly wear!

Anonymous said...

Good job-wow talk about coming through in a pinch-when were Oath keepers invited by COS, a week ago? Good job guys!

Joe Q. Public said...

It is going to be an historic day.

The first time in our country's history that the ground consecrated by patriots will trampled by so many buffoons at once.
Could you make it any gayer with the 300 theme?

You're no patriot. That's for damn sure.

Joe Q. Public said...

I almost forgot.
I started a blog too:

CaptGooch said...

On 14 April at 7:59 PM
Joe Q. Public said...

It is going to be an historic day.

The first time in our country's history that the ground consecrated by patriots will trampled by so many buffoons at once.
Could you make it any gayer with the 300 theme?

You're no patriot. That's for damn sure.


Ha ha ha ha ha ha he he he he he he This is rich .... ha ha ha ha ha ha the best insult this Joe Q. Public can come up with is .... he he he he he ... is ... ha ha ha ha ha ha
"Could you make it any gayer with the 300 theme? "
he he he he he A little sexually insecure are you Joe Q. Public ? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

snicker - snicker

I'd love to see his face when he identifies himself on Lexington Green and realizes who he's talking to ....America's Faithful Armed Services Personnel and Police Officers plus her Veterans of the Armed Services and Police Forces .... America's Oath Keepers.

Somebody save me a picture .... he he he he he ... this is going to be hilarious ... ha ha ha ha ha

I wonder IF he even noticed the 300 shirts limit part ? he he he he .... probably not.

Joe Q. Public said...

te he te he

I am coming to your little rally. Tell me where exactly you want to meet.

CaptGooch said...

You won't miss us, Just look for the Oath Keepers, it's not that big a green.
Although you should know I won't be there myself I'll be teaching Marksmanship elsewhere.
He he he he he he he .... ha ha ha ha ....
Could someone please "entertain" our friend Mr Joe Q. Public, who thinks we are a Gay Military Group or something, in my stead ?

ha ha ha ha ha .... Man .... I hope somebody gets a photo .... he he he he

CaptGooch said...

Let me take a minute here and remind everyone that "We are Not", and I quote:

"We are Not advocating or promoting any act or acts of aggression against any organization or person for any reason including, but not limited to; race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, gender or sexual orientation."

We, Oath Keepers, are not about hate in any form except that we hate tyranny.

I apologize for using up Any Space at all even responding to the, apparently, homophobic bigot who most recently posted his garbage on our blog.
I chose to respond with laughter at the ridiculousness of his opinion rather than be moved to anger which was His intention.

A very good friend of mine has pointed out that "The proper response to Oppression is NOT a bullet but a belly laugh." For you are truly Free when you can laugh at those who would Think they can control or oppress you. Thank You Joel for that liberating insight.

I LAUGH at Anyone who thinks that they can have any influence on Our organization, or on any of us individually, with hate speech, threats of ridicule or even "veiled" threats of violence.


Now let us get back to the task at hand .... Reach and Teach.

Reach out to all Active Duty and Reserve Military and Active Duty or Reserve Peace Officers and remind them, or Teach them if they have forgotten, to Honor [Keep] their Oath to the Constitution. Not to a Person, Place or Law only to the Constitution and the Constitutional Republic it describes.

I am especially taken by the quote from President John Adams chosen by our Founder Stewart Rhodes to commemorate the reaffirmation ceremony to be held in Lexington on the 19th.

"Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken and so solemnly repeated on that venerable spot, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government."

John Adams.

Anonymous said...

Hey Joe Q., inventory my ammo boy! April 19th and July 4th are "range days" for me.I regret that I am unable to be at Lexington.Keep your powder dry and your blades sharp.Liberty

Anonymous said...

Lol...Joe Q who? Lets not forget that this individual is exercising a right the we have pledged to defend even though, in my opinion, this Joe Q person is a troll, spammer, mole, and plant. It obvious that this individuals sole existence is to belittle Oath keepers and make us out to be agressive dim wits with no honor. Stay firm in our Declaration folks. Enemies of liberty and freedom will be on the loose everywhere and we must be prepared to meet them head on. Care not for the naysayers. Drive on!

RSCovey said...

Brothers and Sisters,
I wont be able to attend the Lexington Green ceremony, running out of time for EVERYTHING these days. You can rub my nose in it later, but I'll get the next tee shirt.

Finished the first, First Coast TEAPARTY here in Jacksonville Fl within the last hour... a roaring, freakin success. The socialist said it wouldn't amount to much.
We had an estimated 1200 + people there, and then I stopped trying to count...they just keep on walking in. Remember, upwards of 300 of these shindigs were scheduled... and paid for by Citizens.
I'll have pics at my personal stomping grounds, SodaHead.com...

Would any of the Florida troops who might not be able to make it up to Mass like to do a ceremony down here, like at St Augustine, the oldest city in America?

I wont even comment on Johnny Boy... except that I can hear his Momma callin.

Anonymous said...

Oath Keepers,

Unfortunately, like so many, I will not be able to attend the swearing in on the Lexington Green. It hurts that I can not make this historic event; however, KNOW that my support and prayers is with all of you who do attend and with those who reaffirm your oaths else where. If I could make it I would...believe me.

I have an interesting job that keeps me away from many things. I may not be active duty anymore, but that doesn't mean I don't work active duty hours. In fact, I still work shoulder to shoulder with soldiers every day. With that said...

Godspeed my fellow Oath Keepers!

"Not on our watch!"

Edwin Mc.
U.S. Army Veteran, Engineers!

Jason said...

I wish I could be there. I hope another happens soon.

BTW, the shirts are badass.

Stewart Rhodes said...

comments that focus on another person's supposed race, rather than their arguments, will be deleted.

Willful self-ignorance, Kool-Aid drinking, and blind cheerleading is, unfortunately, a very widespread and multi-cultural phenomena.

And please don't feed the trolls.

See you all on the Green!